MALAWI

SOUTHEAST AFRICA

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The Warm Heart of Africa

‘The fool wanders, a wise man travels.’
Thomas Fuller

You’ll find ‘charm’ in Malawi – staying in the old colonial forest lodges and enjoying the peaceful nature this country exudes. As you enjoy the solitude and abundance of wildlife in this unique eden; you’ll appreciate flora and fauna, such as the Roan Antelope of the Nyika National Park, and the Mulanje Cedar of the Mulanje Biosphere Reserve, which are rarely found elsewhere. Nyika plateau has a bloom of orchids, second to none, during January and February each year. Lake Malawi is a haven of warmth, color and life – from the fishing villages to the colorful cichlid fish found in this lake. There is something for everyone to enjoy in Malawi.  Those wanting a big game safari, are best to combine Malawi with Zambia, ending in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.  Malawi holds unique and interesting species, rather than reserves holding the traditional big 5, you will find hippo and elephant in good number in Liwonde National Park, and leopard in Nyika.  The people of Malawi are one of the greatest assets of this country, indeed the reason behind why Malawi became the warm heart of Africa.

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What to visit and explore in Malawi

The following features are found in this bountiful region:

  • Livingstonia Mission

Livingstonia

Livingstonia was founded in 1894 by missionaries from the Church of Scotland. The missionaries first established a mission in 1875 at Cape Maclear, which they named Livingstonia after David Livingstone, whose death in 1873 had rekindled British support for missions in Eastern Africa. This location proved extremely malarial and the mission moved north to Bandawe. This site also proved unhealthy and the Livingstonia Mission moved once again to the higher grounds between Lake Malawi and the Nyika Plateau. This new site proved highly successful because Livingstonia is located in the mountains and therefore not prone to mosquitoes carrying malaria. The [...]

  • Sailing through Lake Malawi National Park

Lake Malawi National Park

Lake Malawi National Park is located at the southern end of Lake Malawi. It is the only national park in Malawi that was created to protect fish and aquatic habitats. Lake Malawi National Park does include a fair amount of land, including several small islands of which two are seen in this image here, and is home to other animals such as baboons. A baobab tree over 800 years old, said to be a favourite of Dr. David Livingstone as a place where he could give sermons and speak with other missionaries can be found. The graves of five early [...]

  • Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve Elephants

Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve

Vwaza Marsh Game Reserve is located in the north of Malawi, guests often visit en-route to Nyika National Park. In contrast to the Nyika National Park on the Nyika Plateau much of Vwaza is located on low lying flat ground although the eastern side of the park is hilly. This reserve is characterised by Mopane and Miombo woodland and marshy wetlands which attracts a significant number of birds to the reserve. Vwaza Marsh is rarely visited by many. One of our most memorable elephant encounters took place in this reserve. The variation in animal numbers and types of species vary [...]

  • Roan Antelope in Nyika National Park

Nyika National Park

Nyika National Park is Africa’s Scotland. At 7,500 ft you will experience in this unique plateau sightings of Roan Antelope, good oppportunites to view leopard, vast rolling & undulating grasslands, famous for the orchids flowering during December – March. The protea family of flowers is also in abundance here. Larger herds and small groups of Eland, Southern Reedbuck and single individuals of Duiker, Klipspringer and Bushbuck can also be frquently seen. One of Timothy Jackson’s favorites.

  • Dedza Pottery Mountain

Dedza Mountain & Pottery

Dedza Mountain (with its great sunsets) and a chance to stay at the world famous Dedza Pottery, whom serve good food and provide comfortable accommodation, just over an hour south of Lilongwe, certainly make for the best place to stay out of the city and works well for safaris heading back north or heading south.

  • Mount Mulanje Massif

Mount Mulanje Massif Global Biosphere Reserve

Mount Mulanje Massif (a spectacle set amongst tea plantations and rising up from the surrounding countryside) is a Global Biosphere Reserve, the region contains unique flora and fauna such as the Mulanje Cedar tree, a source of wood for the wonderful ‘chip carved’ furniture made by local artisans and other unique flora & fauna drawing global interest in the areas protection. The Massif consists is made up of rolling grassland at higer elevations and has forested ravines. Several peaks reaching heights of over 2500m, such as Chambe Peak are hiked on a regular basis. Porters and guides are easy to [...]

  • Zomba Plateau

Zomba Mountain

Zomba Plateau’s superb mountain views, known as some of the best in Africa, can be experienced when we explore the gardens and forests. Ku Chawe Inn at the top sits in a lovely position, even if your not staying there, we take the time to visit their gardens and enjoy the views while perhaps enjoying some of this mountains locally grown fruit with fresh cream. Local boys sell fruit on the road side, a great selection is available and some of the best tasting fruit we have tasted anywhere. The higher altitude, moist conditions and fairly stable tempretures make this [...]

  • Liwonde National Park on the Shire River

Liwonde National Park

Liwonde National Park is located on the upper Shire River plain at the southern end of Lake Malawi. The Shire River drains lake Malawi. The Mvuu Lodge and Camp (which means “hippo” in Chichewa) provide accommodation. We encourage our guests to take a walking safaris along with our favorite activity here, the boating safari on the Shire River. Game drives are possible, though we don’t highlight these as a reason to visit this park. The park is home to several species; impala, kudu, waterbuck, elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, hippopotamus, and in theory some Black Rhino exist, we have seen their tracks [...]

  • Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi formally known as Lake Nyasa or Lago Niassa in Mozambique, is one of the great lakes in the Great Rift Valley system of East Africa. This lake, the third largest in Africa and the eighth largest lake in the world, is located between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. It is the second deepest lake in Africa. Lake Malawi is said to have more species of fish than any other body of freshwater on Earth, including many species of cichlids. Lake Malawi was officially declared a reserve by the Government of Mozambique on June 10th 2011 in an effort to [...]

  • Satemwa Tea Estate

Satemwa Tea Estates

Set in the Shire Highlands of Southern Malawi, a half hours drive south of Blantyre, Satemwa Tea Esate is a first class destination to be refreshed and renewed after a long journey from overseas. Huntingdon House and Chawani Bungalow offer clients a diversity of luxury and more simple accommodation that we help you choose based on your needs. Built in the early 1930’s, these estate homes of the founder of Satemwa, Maclean Kay, are set in beautiful sprawling gardens that exude the charm and atmosphere of a by-gone era. Chawani is a tea manager’s bungalow overlooking tea gardens with Mount [...]

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Information about Malawi

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  • Capital: Lilongwe
  • Official languages: English
  • Currency: Kwacha  (D) (MWK)
  • Time zone: Central Africa Time (UTC+2)
  • Drives on the: left
  • Calling code: +265
  • Motto: “Unity and Freedom”
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